The DAR is passionate about educating America’s youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests, and awards to help further this goal. Toll Gate Creek Chapter, NSDAR, gets involved to help schools in our community. We honor an American history teacher each year, collect books and school supplies, participate in classroom activities such as “Read Across America,” judge History Day in Aurora, and judge mock trials at Eaglecrest High School.
Education Awards, Contests, and Honors
American History Essay Contest
This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light. This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades 5–8 are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
Outstanding American History Teacher Award
The state and national DAR recognizes a notable, full-time teacher of American history (and related fields, such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private and parochial schools, grades 5–12. The candidate must have an incisive knowledge of American history who readily shares with students, foster a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country and constitutional government, demonstrate the ability to relate history to modern life and events, have high academic standards, requiring excellence at all times from students, and be committed to their students and enjoy good rapport with them. For more information about this award, contact our chapter regent using our Contact Us form.
Bronze JROTC Award
This medal is awarded to either a junior or senior student in a secondary school JROTC program, or to a Junior College or U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit graduating senior.
Silver DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal
The Silver DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal is awarded to a student for participation in a non-ROTC, military-affiliated cadet program funded by the school or privately, including, but not limited to, Naval Sea Cadet Corps; Civil Air Patrol Cadets Corps; National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC); United States Army Cadet Corps (formerly the American Cadet Alliance); Young Marines; California Wing Cadet Corps; Navy League Cadet Corps; Army Cadets of America; and United States Army Cadet Corps (one medal per year per cadet unit). Medals are worn in accordance with the cadet program protocol.
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 1996 to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Each year the DAR and the NIAF agree upon a topic for use during the academic year, and contest instructions are published online and sent to the schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Judging at the national level is supervised by the NIAF. For more information about this contest, contact our chapter regent using our Contact Us form.
NSDAR Conservation Medal
This medal can be awarded to an adult with a distinguished conservation record. The criteria for issuance include outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers, resource management, park establishment, youth leadership, conservation-related media, and extracurricular conservation education on the college, high school, junior high school, or elementary school level. The nominee must be sponsored by a chapter or the state organization and should have at least two letters of recommendation written by non-DAR members. Material such as newspaper or magazine articles should be sent to substantiate the recommendation.
DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal
The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal, available January 1, 2014, is presented to an individual, 18 years of age or older, who fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal may be awarded to emergency first responders; active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and citizens who have contributed to the defense and/or security, and thereby the freedom, of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. The Colorado state chair of the National Defense Committee administers the medal.
DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship
This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional.
Junior American Citizens Contests
Junior American Citizens (JAC) contests for grades K-12 in art, creative expression, and community service are offered to encourage a deeper sense of social responsibility and interest in civics and the history of the United States. Entries are judged by grade on three levels (gifted, general, and special needs) so that every child may enter the contest regardless of ability. Children from youth groups, as well as schools, may participate in the contests. Any school, organization, or person can participate in the JAC Contest under the sponsorship of a local DAR chapter. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution created the Junior American Citizens Committee in 1901 to promote good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history and promote practical ideas for service to home, community, school, and country among every school-age child in the United States.
DAR Youth Citizenship Medal
The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal (formerly Good Citizenship Medal) is for a boy or girl in grades 5-11 (one medal per grade per school). The medal may also be awarded to youth service and patriotic organizations, whose membership fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism, such as scouts, police cadets, and other community service organizations.
The Founders Medal
Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education This metal honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievement through service and leadership in promoting education outside the formal educational process, such as improving literacy for adults or children or teaching English to foreign born individuals.
Chapters may recognize broadcast media qualifying local programming by presenting awards for worthy efforts and high standards. For more information about this or any award, contest, or scholarship, contact our chapter regent using our Contact Us form.